Former Vice President Mike Pence, who plans to run for the White House in 2024, is now expected to deliver a political speech in Washington, DC, the day before the president he served, Donald Trump, will will address Trump supporters. Two-day America First Policy Institute summit, also in Washington.
Pence will address the Heritage Foundation on July 25, according to a person directly familiar with the event, and the former vice president will focus on his “Freedom agenda” policy initiatives and the future of the party, the source said. Pence spoke about his agenda as an executive to help Republicans win back Congress in the midterm elections, but he also outlines themes for his own potential presidential bid.
He espouses traditional conservative policies, such as lower taxes and less regulation, securing the border and energy independence, as well as standing “strong against Russia” and “in the face of communist China”. The platform makes little mention of Trump, who excoriated his former vice president for claiming President Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election, rather than trying to overturn the results on January 6, 2021. .
Pence, adviser says, won’t make decision on running for president until midterm, unlike Trump, who is seriously considering, according to sources close to him. The former president hinted that he could make an announcement this summer or fall.
Trump’s speech, which will take place on July 26, marks his first trip back to the nation’s capital since leaving office on Jan. 21, 2021, and since the start of House Select Committee hearings on Jan. 6. The hearings, which began last month and continue into July, present the public with a picture of the extent of Trump’s efforts to cling to the presidency, through lawsuits, the machinery of government, far-right groups, interventions in the certification of state elections. and the crowds of his supporters who invaded the Capitol on January 6.
Trump will headline a speech at the Trump-aligned America First Policy Institute, which will convene a two-day policy conference. At least eight former cabinet members and more than 20 current Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, NRSC Chairman Sen. Rick Scott, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Whip of House minority Steve Scalise and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will also be addressing the conference.
Pence, who was a pillar of Trump throughout his presidency, openly disagrees with the former president’s claim that his vice president could change the election results. “I heard this week that President Trump said I had the right to void the election. President Trump is wrong,” Pence said during a speech in Florida in February.
In a recent New York Times/Sienna College poll, Pence ranked fourth, behind Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Senator Ted Cruz among registered GOP voters, though he also ranked second among black and Latino GOP voters in the same survey.